Make the BEST first impression with your entry because sometimes that’s all people see. Of course your family and good friends come and go and may not even use your front door, but I always want our front entry to be spotless and inviting. One thing I do often (almost daily) is either sweep or blow off the dust on the porch. I clean the door with window spray to remove any fingerprints and then use that cloth to clean the wood part of the door, the mailbox and the ledges. It takes just a few minutes out of my morning and I’m usually drinking coffee while I do it. About every other week I hose off the porch and really give it a good scrub. Our house is not the biggest house we’ve ever owned, but the entry is about as charming as any house we’ve had in the past. Our planters are never bare. In the summer we usually have ferns, but this year we decided to try boxwood topiaries. They are staked to keep them standing tall and I replace the bright green tape from Home Depot with natural twine. (It’s the little things). In the fall I will find a new home for the boxwoods and replace them with mums. Mums typically last only a month or so, I’ll put the boxwoods back and maybe add some sugar pumpkins at the base to get us through Thanksgiving. The minute Thanksgiving is over I’ll find something ever green to get us through until Spring. I have liners inside the Ikea galvanized planters so that excess water does not end up on the porch. I change my “hello” to happy birthday, welcome home or whatever occasion we’re celebrating with a water-based Sharpie paint pen.
Our house was built in 1900 and has lots of little quirks and a few challenges. We wanted to add hooks to this wall in the entry to make it more practical, but of course the plaster walls made it impossible. My nephew and I found this old piece of salvaged wood in Red Hook, Brooklyn right after Hurricane Sandy. Ryan was attending Fordham at the time and we were leaving the Ikea Brooklyn on a freezing January day when we noticed all this debris. Ryan being 20 years old insisted we needed to bring some stuff home. About a year later, my husband used it to create our coat rack. We used some here too.
I get a lot of questions about the copper lanterns and I wish I had an answer, but there are no markings on them. They appear to be very old and probably hand made. If the house didn’t have the lanterns I would have used these from Barn Light Electric. Our planters are from Ikea and I’m not sure if they still have them in-store. I could not find them on their website, but these from Target are similar in look and size. The jute border rug from Serena & Lily comes in a lot of sizes and wears like a champ! I love a modern mix so I used modern house numbers and the clear glass globe light fixture inside from west elm. So that is our little entryway that I must say is inspired by this one from fauxmartha! Stops me in my tracks every time and reminds me that this is why I happen to love a black & white house. I just do!